The Carlsbad Senior Center offers Japanese Sumi-e painting classes weekly beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sumi-e painting is characterized by the use of fundamental brush strokes based on simple lines and dots. This unique, ancient art form utilizes specialized painting techniques handed down from one Japanese master to another. Artists use rice paper, sumi-e ink, ink stone and brushes. All levels are welcome. Fees are $50 for six classes for Carlsbad residents and $60 for non-residents. Drop-in fee for one class is $10. Materials are not included and a material list will be provided in class or can be picked up in advance.